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I'd like to try the new version but don't want to replace the old version. Are there any binaries I could use?

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It is possible to install LibreOffice in a directory, and run it from there.

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You could load up a virtual machine, install Ubuntu in it and consequently install the 3.4.0-beta5 .deb package in the Ubuntu install in the VM.

This method obviously won't replace the old version, but strictly speaking you are still installing LO 3.4.

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Thats indeed the best method as some important things (like desktop integration) cant be tested with parallel installations, but can in a virtual machine. Also: LibreOffice 3.5.0beta2 is available in Ubuntu precise: launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/libreoffice/1:3.5.0~beta2-2ubuntu3 –  Bjoern Michaelsen Jan 19 '12 at 9:21
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